Thanks to 7a Records for giving The Monkees Live Almanac an exclusive sneak peek at their next release, and their first Davy Jones-related product! "Daydream Believer" b/w "I Wanna Be Free" was recorded live in Japan during a concert performance by Davy in 1981. This 7" single will arrive on yellow vinyl and be limited to 500 copies. Details on how to order appear below. Thanks again to 7a!
Pre-orders in the United States are now being taken by Deep Discount and Amazon with a release date of March 3, 2017. The single will be available in the United Kingdom on February 24 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK.
UPDATE 1/30/2017: 7a Records has provided a sample of both sides of the single:
Glenn Gretlund and Ian Lee Talk About Working With Micky Dolenz On The MGM Singles Collection, New Music and More!
Earlier this month, a very limited edition (500 copies) 7" colored vinyl single featuring two live cuts by Micky Dolenz was released by 7a Records. The single includes Micky singing "Sunny Girlfriend" and "Zor & Zam" on his brief Japanese tour in 1982. A CD release of the entire concert is forthcoming.
A big thanks to Ben Belmares for sharing the scans of his copy with the Live Almanac!
In a recent email to its newsletter subscribers, 7a Records announced the following:
Get ready for a 7a email exclusive! The very limited edition (500 copies) 7" coloured vinyl single of Micky Dolenz Live In Japan 1982 that was given out for FREE at the 7a Records Launch is now available to pre-order worldwide!
This stunning single features Micky singing Sunny Girlfriend and Zor & Zam live on his brief Japanese tour in 1982, years before Monkeemania round 2 kicked in!
These two tracks come from a forthcoming CD release of the entire concert with bonus tracks, but once this single sells out, it will never be available in this format again!
US fans can order it from the following outlets:
UK fans will be able to get it from Amazon by using this link. It isn't available for pre-order there yet but will be soon. Keep checking it out!
Last night in London, 7a Records held a launch party for the upcoming CD release of Micky Dolenz: The MGM Singles Collection. A host of other goodies were available, Circe Link & Christian Nesmith performed via Skype, and Micky Dolenz welcomed those in attendance via a special video message. To top off everything, 7a's extended quest to release Keep Off My Grass, a long-lost film produced in the 1970s and starring Micky, has become a reality:
Directed by comedian Shelley Berman and starring former Monkee Micky Dolenz, Keep Off My Grass is a stoner comedy that had a limited run on it's initial release. In fact, it's fair to say that hardly anyone saw the movie when it first came out in the mid 70's and almost no one has seen it since. Never released on video or DVD, this is the first time this movie has been publically available.
Sourced from a VHS copy owned by the producers Albert J Salzer & Allan D. Yasnyi, this DVD is presented in this low-fi version as a matter of historical interest. Lovingly restored by film archivist Garrett Gilchrist, please don't expect HD quality! It is taken from a low quality VHS of a screening of the film, while everything has been done to make the image as sharp as possible, it is of a lot lower quality than we have come to expect. This really is for hardcore fans. Thank you for your understanding on this matter!
Monkees expert Iain Lee has spent years searching for this film and has included some great extras to make this a very special package for fans of Dolenz, kitsch and lost 70's classics.
After a couple of years of being semi-retired musically, Micky Dolenz toured Japan in January 1982. The Monkees had experienced a massive revival there when "Daydream Believer" was used in a television commercial in 1980. A new Dolenz single, "To Be Or Not To Be," was released in Japan during that time to coincide with his solo appearances. And now, all these years later, 7a Records is planning to issue a live CD and DVD from the tour! Keep checking back for more updates.
Last summer, 7a Records released the very first official collection of Micky Dolenz's early 1970s singles on vinyl and later as a digital download. And now here's an exclusive look at their next project - The MGM Collection on compact disc, along with a plethora of bonus tracks! Look for it this October, and you can pre-order via Amazon US and Amazon UK.
Thanks a lot to Iain Lee of 7a for passing along the press release to the Live Almanac.
A few notes on the bonus tracks:
In 1979, Chrysalis Records in the UK released "Love Light"/"Alicia" as a single there. According to The Monkees: A Manufactured Image, the first 1,000 copies were pressed with a picture sleeve. The B-side is a Dolenz original.
Micky toured Japan in January 1982. The Monkees had experienced a massive revival there when "Daydream Believer" was used in a television commercial in 1980. "To Be Or Not To Be" was released as a single in Japan to coincide with the tour, and was backed by Micky's own "Beverly Hills."
Earlier this year, two long lost Dolenz solo tracks, "Chance of a Lifetime" and "Livin' On Lies," were issued as a 7" vinyl single on Record Store Day exclusively in the UK. A limited edition release in the US quickly followed.
"Porpoise Song," "Good Morning Good Morning," "Crying in the Rain," and "Randy Scouse Git" were performed by Micky, Christian Nesmith, Circe Link, and company during a special 2015 online concert event. A limited edition vinyl EP arrived in July.
Last August, Micky Dolenz joined Christian Nesmith, Circe Link, and company for a special online mini-concert. 7a Records will document this unique appearance with a new vinyl EP due this July!
Originally made available exclusively in the United Kingdom for Record Store Day 2016, pre-orders are now being taken on Amazon UK for a limited run of 1000 copies of the latest release from 7a Records.
Iain provides some great news for those waiting for Micky Dolenz: The MGM Singles Collection to be released on compact disc, along with a special project featuring Micky, Christian Nesmith, and Circe Link.
Record Store Day was founded in 2007 and has become an annual tradition that takes place every April. With a stated purpose of celebrating the culture of the independently owned record store, bands and labels will press unique items that are distributed exclusively to shops participating in the event.
For the first time, The Monkees will be represented on Record Store Day, which takes place on Saturday, April 16. In celebration of the group's 50th Anniversary, Rhino Records will issue a limited edition (4500 copies) 7" vinyl picture disc shaped in the mold of the famous Monkees guitar logo. The mono TV versions of "Saturday's Child" and "You Just May Be The One" make up both sides of the disc.
Visit the link posted below for more details. And be sure to find your nearest participating store.
Additionally, Record Store Day shoppers in both the United States and the United Kingdom will be able to purchase the recently released 10-CD box set, Classic Album Collection, on colored vinyl (in the US) and 180 gram vinyl (in the UK). This collection is limited to 3000 copies.
And if that wasn't enough, Micky Dolenz will be the first Monkee to have his solo recordings featured on Record Store Day when 7a Records issues a gatefold 7" single of "Chance of a Lifetime" and "Livin' On Lies" on transparent vinyl, exclusively in the UK (limited to 1000 copies).